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This week we check in with a five+ year member Ben Haas! — Crossfitting since: 2012. — A little about yourself: I am from Milwaukee and currently live in Elm Grove with my wife Julia, son Cooper (9) and daughter Cameron (7). I went to Rufus King High School and continued on to Cardinal Stritch on a baseball scholarship. I majored in accounting and have held several finance and business leadership positions at places like QuadGraphics, Rockwell, JCI and Go Riteway. I am currently in career transition and looking for my next endeavor, and also serve as the President of the Lombardi Cancer Foundation. Over the course of 10 years with the organization I’ve watched it grow from a local celebrity based charity to a national entity. It has been incredibly rewarding and has allowed for some very cool experiences along the way. Aside from my career and fighting cancer, I am a baseball die hard and help coach my son’s Brookfield East Jr Spartan U11 Team with Marc Ruesch. Finally, for those that know me best, I am somewhat of a tequila connoisseur. I have over 70 bottles at home and am working towards opening a small business (side hustle) that will focus on blogging and distribution. No, I don’t sleep much. — How did you get into CrossFit? Nate Mork (I think he still goes to BCF 🙂 signed me up for the intro class. I was a former athlete, out of shape and in need of something more than going to the Y and doing bicep curls. Upon arriving to the class, Tyler had us warming up in the original part of the gym aka “the small gym”. We were doing wind sprints the length of the gym, my foot caught the seam of the mats and I face planted on the floor. I never even got my hands up to save myself. I had a gash on my chin, Tyler looked at me while Nate was laughing hysterically and asked if I was good. I said “yes”. From that moment on, I knew I needed to get my act together and dedicate myself to CrossFit. — How has CrossFit changed you outside the gym? CrossFit really does allow you to be more functional in everyday life. For me that means coaching baseball, playing with my kids, doing home projects and more. Being in well rounded shape allows me to do those things with ease.